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  1. 6 points
    Welcome to DF, George11211. Depression and anxiety can really take it out of you, especially when you aren't feeling very well. It kind of becomes a snowball effect, plus adding in crappy life events only worsens it. I know it seems scary, but schedule yourself to see a doc. And make sure the doc listens to you - if he doesn't then find someone who will. I know that's easier said than done if you're in the US and having to work with either limited health coverage or no health coverage. I hope that being able to be here and talk about things will help you to some degree.
  2. 5 points
    JD4010

    How Do You Feel Right Now #10

    Best wishes for the surgery. I hope it goes well!
  3. 5 points
    sober4life

    How Do You Feel Right Now #10

    This should be an easy quiet day that I desperately need. I'm doing ok just very mentally exhausted. I hope my brain will give me a break for a change.
  4. 5 points
    JessiesMom

    How Do You Feel Right Now #10

    Update - surgery tomorrow to install a plate in my leg. Soon I will be setting off metal detectors all over. Mindset pretty good
  5. 4 points
    BeyondWeary

    How Do You Feel Right Now #10

    I'm doing some better. I am not going to let depression and anxiety ruin my life. I'm done fighting it all. I chose to make peace with them and accept that they are my companions. So I will take extra good care of myself so that I can live the life I was meant to live even with depression and anxiety, one step at a time.
  6. 4 points
    Stand your ground, politely but firmly. Fight the fear that this may invoke and be ready for anxiety straight afterwards but you got to set the person doing it straight,
  7. 4 points
    moodyjuniper

    How Do You Feel Right Now #10

    Messy. Moody. Two of my lab partners annoy me, and the adult table across the room is full. Can we just skip to the good part?
  8. 4 points
    TopekaK

    The Post Anything Thread #3

    So then you would stay in your room! You'd be amongst people who understand.
  9. 3 points
    surfcaster

    How Do You Feel Right Now #10

    I feel lighter mentally after my psych apt today
  10. 3 points
    Smallbike

    Hi everyone :)

    I joined a few days ago. I have dealt with depression and anxiety since childhood, and developed body-focused repetitive behaviors a little later. Currently my trichotillomania/dermatillomania has gotten really bad, and I can’t stop. Hoping to find support, and also here to support others since I’ve had these issues for so long. When my brain isn’t out to get me, I like playing music, sewing, and getting outside. I love animals, and I have a cat and a pet tarantula. Good to meet all of you!
  11. 3 points
    Floor2017

    Hello all.

    I'm feel you guys and today I'm not having my meal. So, I'm throwing my tray back at them too.
  12. 3 points
    silverkit

    Hi everyone :)

    Hi! I'm pretty new too. Nice to meet you as well. A cat and a tarantula? I admit I'm curious. Do they interact??
  13. 3 points
  14. 3 points
    Atra

    Feeling really really crappy

    Welcome, we're glad you're here but sorry to hear you're miserable. The tag-team wrestlers Anxiety and Depression own an unbelievable record because they're practically unbeatable without help. It sounds like you've been trying to beat them on your own - I've been there, we all have - so you've done yourself a favor by joining a peer support community. I'd also encourage you to seek medical help to learn if there's something physically out of order and to address the depression and anxiety. I'm sure you're getting by as-is. I understand if you're not ready to seek help or if you're scared of what they may find. Most of us have been in your position and we're aware that anxiety increases fear and uncertainty. I hope you'll have a look at some of the conversations going on and feel free to jump into any that you can relate to. If you want to, write about the tragic life events you mentioned for even if you're not looking for advice, just getting it out might make you feel a little better. May you have a little peace and relief from your symptoms.
  15. 3 points
    Wow, you guys. Thank you so much for all your feedback. I've also been speaking with the small family I have left since posting this. To answer some of the questions that @MarkintheDark had, I'm happy to say that I've dipped my hand back into online gaming and do find it relaxing. It's a good indoor activity and have been playing video/computer games since my childhood into my teens. I also love being outside, but the cold weather has made it difficult. That could be feeding into the depression a little bit, but I pushed through one day and went walking in 40 degree weather (approx 10 celcius or so). The ideas of voulenteer work has also come up amoung my family. My anxiety stops me from socializing with a lot of people, however, I wonder if I just somehow break through my own insecurities, could I be sucessful in making forward stride? I've even thought that if I could be more active in chatting online, I could make that step 1 since it's partially anonymous. I would like to take everything in consideration and try it all :) Thank you so much.
  16. 3 points
    I got through today without crying.
  17. 3 points
    Epictetus

    Feeling really really crappy

    Hi George11211, I agree with 20YearsandCounting that you should see a doctor as soon as possible. You deserve the best! I am so, so sorry you are suffering all these things and have been for some time ! ! ! - epictetus
  18. 3 points
    I like the "never have to be right" part. Wish I had majored in meteorology back when I was in university.
  19. 3 points
    My parents, for tolerating all my eccentricities and being so supportive of me throughout the years. My cat, for being my constant companion. Friends I've made here online, past and present.
  20. 3 points
  21. 3 points
    Remove

    Suggestions for time off

    You could go to a zoo, aquarium, or museum. I always enjoyed going to them, even if it's alone. You can take your time looking at everything you want to. Going out for breakfast alone can be enjoyable, too. If you want to stay in, you could try cooking or baking something you'd really enjoy that you've never made before.
  22. 3 points
    Took the dog out for two walks in the rain. I got waterlogged shoes out of it, but at least it wasn't hot. 🤷🏽‍♀️
  23. 3 points
    Picked up my script refills BEFORE they ran out. Considering the past few weeks, that's nothing short of a miracle.
  24. 2 points
    I am so with you on all of it...including the shower. Yeah, it's weird that we'd be resistant to feeling/looking good (or at least not scary). But who the hell wants to leave the cocoon? If it helps, the past month or so I've been sorting things into "need to do" and "want to do." The need list is pretty short (groceries, bills) and usually manageable. Sometimes I can piggyback a want on a couple of those. Frankly, I've just had to say "eff it" to much of the rest lately.
  25. 2 points
    My manager talked to me today about getting off the front end. Sounds like there's a good chance of them letting me work in the produce section after we open. I've done that a few times and it's definitely a good option. I'm hopeful about it, which is not normal for me when I have to get an issue fixed at work. My management hasn't been accommodating to say the least. Saying that, I feel the reason that they are willing to help me now is because it would benefit them on payroll in 3 departments.
  26. 2 points
    silverkit

    Hello all.

    One more post to add that your metaphor made me laugh. If I had the presence of mind to see when I'm standing in that particular buffet, well. There would be trays flying everywhere 😉
  27. 2 points
    Tearz

    Hi everyone :)

    Hello Smallbike. Welcome to DF! I am sorry you have been a long-time sufferer and that you are going through a tough spot right now. I hope that you will continue to post on any forums here that strike your interest or amusement. This is a safe place to come and mingle with others who understand, I think that you will find it a place of comfort, as I have. Peace new friend. 🕊✨
  28. 2 points
    Tearz

    New, having a crisis

    This was a hard week, but I am doing a lot of things to help myself: therapy (individual and group) and Al-Anon. Plus work. Also got a referral to a psych to start some meds. So I'm trying hard. Thanks for letting us know you are hanging in there. 😌✨
  29. 2 points
    silverkit

    Feeling really really crappy

    Yeah, anxiety and depression can often be exhausting. And you sound pretty burnt-out. What you're describing - the depletion, brain fog, feeling of a blood sugar crash - all sound really familiar to me. I'm sorry, I know how awful it can feel. And anxiety often produce symptoms that make you worry more. It's just a negative feedback loop. While seeing a doctor is a good idea, it sounds like you have plenty of 'life stuff' to explain how rotten you're feeling about anyway. Do you have someone you can talk to regularly about all that? And just about whatever you're worrying about? Feeling like you have to handle everything on your own can often amplify whatever stress you're going through (which is also something I know the feeling of and have utmost empathy for.). And we often underestimate the simple power of a good conversation with someone who knows how to listen. If you can and you haven't already, can you get therapy or counseling? Or a friend you can rely on to just listen, not judge, not minimise, and not try to make you wrong? Also you can always come here and tell us. However stressed you're feeling, you can share it here. As far as anxiety-related burnout is concerned, the one few things I always go back to are these basics: high-quality sleep and enough of it, breathing exercises or meditation, exercise, foods that stabilise blood sugar (less carbs, more fibre/protein/healthy fat), and whatever vitamins you need. I never skip my vitamin D and iron and lately I've started taking magnesium. I've also taken an adrenal support supplement with adaptogens by Gaia Herbs, which I buy on iHerb. That one really helps smooth out day-to-day anxiety. It sounds like you're trying a few different things already, so ignore that if this is all old news to you.
  30. 2 points
    silverkit

    Suggestions for time off

    Wow. I'm so sorry about your bad year. It's great you're going to be taking time off. I love Remove's suggestion of going out and visiting museums, cooking new things. Having little adventures like that, without pressure. Spark new ideas. Read some good books, explore subjects you find interesting but haven't had the time to before. 🙂 Like you, I also find socializing difficult. It's less on the internet, but still there. I do some online gaming as well, though I find myself playing solo a lot even then 😛 The only suggestion I would add is one I think should be prescribed for everyone: catch up on any sleep you're missing!
  31. 2 points
    Phantastic Mirage

    I don't know

    Oh, wow. If the event that makes you happy like this only happens once a year, it's no wonder you would feel the way you do after it's over. Everyone else already posted great suggestions. I hope one of those can help. If anything, at least you have something great to look forward to, but hopefully more things like this are available to find or may be even organize yourself. Who knows ^_^ Good luck!
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  33. 2 points
    Had a friend visit me in the afternoon and then another friend visited me this evening. It was nice.
  34. 2 points
    Watching a Thai movie. Can't remember the title though. I think the word "dream" is in the title.
  35. 2 points
    TopekaK

    The Post Anything Thread #3

    It could be fun..
  36. 2 points
    sober4life

    Hi everyone :)

    Welcome! I love animals too but if I had a pet tarantula I probably wouldn't be able to sleep.
  37. 2 points
    Cold and cloudy. ☁️Hoping Spring will come soon so I can start spending time comfortably outside again.
  38. 2 points
    sober4life

    How Do You Feel Right Now #10

    Today has been a who knows what happened day. I wonder if I will ever stop pushing myself too far to crashes.
  39. 2 points
    Rattler6

    How Do You Feel Right Now #10

    Yeah, he sounds like a phallus.
  40. 2 points
    I have scratched up, dusty, fingerprinted LPs from the 60s that play perfectly all the through, but I’ve easily damaged 150 gram reissues I’ve paid up to $40 for even though I handle them like crystal vases.
  41. 2 points
    Grey Wolves U-Boats 1944-45
  42. 2 points
    I feel great full for the opportunity to still do the things that bring me some comfort like my freedom to work and to do my own stuff.
  43. 2 points
    I'm currently watching the interesting series "Mysteries at the Museum" on the Travel Channel.
  44. 2 points
    Epictetus

    Suggestions for time off

    Hi Phantastic Mirage, Its good to see you again here on the Forums! I missed you. You have gotten a lot of good advice here and I don't have anything that is better. Something that helps me [and I have a lot of time on my hands now that I am retired] is trying to be helpful to creatures, great and small. I like to feed birds and squirrels and other little creatures and I also like to try to be helpful to people especially here on the Forums. Not that I have any great wisdom to offer anyone, but just being with someone in their situation, trying to be there for them. I feel as though I can live with any "what" as long as I have a "why" for living. Every person and ever creature is secretly or not secretly struggling with something and it is always possible to try to help. It is nice to go sleep at night and know that in some small way, one has tried to help other living beings and hopefully has helped them. I hope you find things that fill your time during your leave from work. So sorry about the losses you suffered! - epictetus
  45. 2 points
    MarkintheDark

    Suggestions for time off

    I'm gonna answer your question with questions, the idea being to perhaps get you in a more comfortable space in which you may have felt at ease in the past. Before all this familial upheaval, what did you enjoy? Were there activities or places that filled your spirit? Can you recreate some of them? And, yeah, go as far back in your own history as necessary. Several years ago I found myself mourning my childhood, some 50 years on. I realized how much that old radios, tape recorders, etc., had fascinated me as a kid. I researched the ones I remembered and then started scouring eBay for them, even setting up email alerts. It took a lot of time, but I found them all, even an old off-brand portable radio Dad would always have with him. I cannot begin to describe how having something physically tangible helped me reconnect with young Mark (and Dad)...just the feeling of turning the radio's knobs, for example. I've even sometimes gone as far as taking the radio to bed with me when I've been feeling fragile.
  46. 2 points
    George11211

    New, having a crisis

    Well yesterday was an interesting day. I was really, really tired all day. Today's been going great so far. Thank you for asking I hope you're having a great day yourself
  47. 2 points
    Legs that get me from here to there. A dog that keeps me company all day, and gets me out of the house even when I don't want to go. A husband that works hard.
  48. 2 points
    Tearz

    New, having a crisis

    Yes, as others have said, Welcome! Although I'm sorry you are dealing with so much, I'm glad you found this place to vent and gather support. As you post and read more, I think that you will find, as I have, that this is a safe haven for those of us who suffer life's hard knocks. If it's ok with you, I will keep you in my thoughts and pray that life will be kinder moving forward. Peace, our new friend. 🕊✌️✨
  49. 1 point
    Epictetus

    What did you drink last?

    Rooibos Tea
  50. 1 point
    We're on day 3 of a family mini vacation. Today, I didn't lose control when I was feeling tense and hurried and lacking sleep. Late tonight after a couple of glasses of wine, my cousin, my mother and I talked calmly about the mental illness that runs in so many of our family. My mom brought up how PPD affected her after I was born. My cousin spoke about her depression, about her son struggling with symptoms and about our aunt who relied on barbiturates in 1950s. I talked about stigma. I wish my brother would've felt secure enough to speak. He buried his face in his phone but I'm grateful he stayed and listened. He's really tense and he won't talk about it.
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